Match Preview: Everton v Burnley

Recent Meetings

15 Apr 2017 Everton 3-1 Burnley
22 Oct 2016 Burnley 2-1 Everton
18 Apr 2015 Everton 1-0 Burnley
26 Oct 2014 Burnley 1-3 Everton
28 Dec 2009 Everton 2-1 Burnley

Overview

  • Everton needed to win all 4 home games to get their season back on track, however their draw against Apollon Limassol raises a lot of questions. Well, the same questions Everton fans have been asking for the past month.
  • Oumar Niasse is back – can his resurgence continue by scoring in 3 consecutive games?
  • Nikola Vlasic has shown a lot of promise since his £10 million move from Hajduk Split on deadline day. He’s worthy of a start but will Koeman give him one?

The Opposition

  • Burnley are currently 9th in the Premier League with 9 points.
  • They stunned reigning champions Chelsea by beating them 3-2 (as well as leading 3-0) on the opening day, but have won only once in the league since, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
  • However, they have also been difficult to beat, losing once in the league this season.
  • Burnley have also earned draws against Tottenham and Liverpool away from home.
  • Burnley have successfully completed only 72.4% of their passes this season.
  • Burnley have made 222 clearances in the Premier League this season – 31 more than any other team.
  • Burnley have blocked 53 shots in the Premier League this season – 16 more than any other team.

Opposition’s Most Recent Match – Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield

  • Burnley only had 4 shots (2 on target).
  • The lack of action in front of goal could be largely due to Huddersfield having more tackles, interceptions and clearances than Burnley.
  • Burnley only had 11 touches in Huddersfield’s penalty area.
  • A strong defensive display from the Terriers nullified the Clarets.

One To Watch

James Tarkowski – 2017/18 Premier League
Interceptions 6
Tackles Attempted 14
Clearances 62
Shots Blocked 12
Accurate Long Balls 20
Aerial Duels Won % 79%

Key Stats

  • Everton have lost against Burnley at Goodison only once in their last 14 meetings (10 wins, 3 draws).
  • Sam Vokes has scored against Everton in the two sides’ last two meetings.
  • Everton have scored in all but 3 of their last 54 games against Burnley.
  • There has only ever been 3 goalless draws between the two sides.

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